Improvements Possible For The Schuylkill Boardwalk

 

Rendering: Abdallah Tabet, This Old City

Schuylkill Boardwalk retrofit rendering | Abdallah Tabet, This Old City

  • On This Old City, landscape architect Abdallah Tabet offers a critique of Philadelphia’s newest and much lauded public space: the Schuylkill Boardwalk. Any talk of our very own High Line is surely premature, he says, especially when considering that no design professionals were engaged in the process. The concrete surface is undistinguished, the railings too bulky and lustrous. Tabet suggests a few relatively easy retrofits that would enliven and rationalize the trail extension, including plantings–both on the boardwalk and in the river–and mature trees along the banks.
  • The Temple News discusses the increased investment in the university’s athletic facilities and amenities following last year’s drastic cuts. Upgrades include providing “new locker rooms for several varsity sports, updates to both McGonigle Hall and the Liacouras Center, along with a new athletic complex on the William Penn High School property to be finalized by 2016.” The most exciting is the renovation of the East Park Canoe House, the home of Temple’s rowing and crew teams from 1969 until 2008, when its was condemned as structurally unsound. A $5.5 million donation from trustee H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest will make that work possible.
  • Eyes on the Street comments on the restriping plan for the chaotic and dangerous Washington Avenue, though planned safety improvements may not be enough for cyclists. “Unfortunately the bike lane proposed will not be buffered, according to current conceptual drawings. Due to road width there are areas where the lane will likely be sharrowed instead, such as between 3rd and 4th streets on the south side.”
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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